Irish fiddle duet, Ed Geoghean - piano, New Republic 2330. Gannon was a friend of Coleman's from Sligo who made a pair of 78s in 1927. The first tune is set in the key of G in Ryan's Mammoth Collection under the strange title "The Ladus." Coleman and Gannon play these reels in A, however. The second tune is known as the Contradiction, its title in O'Neill's. Older books have it as Miss Gunning's Delight, and a history of the tune and the Gunning sisters has been written by Andrew Kuntz for Fiddler Magazine. The usual setting goes far up the neck of the fiddle, alternating very high notes with the open E string, which was a form of virtuoso tune popular in the 19th century. The setting here, however, dispenses with the showstopping aspects. It is transcribed in Ceol Rince na Eireann Vol. 5, taken from an unknown source - possibly this record.
November 11, 2007 Subject:
Ladies of Leinster
"The Ladus" was probably a corruption of "The Ladies," as this tune appears in O'Neill's collection as "The Ladies of Leinster." The version of "The Contradiction" in CRE Vol 5 may have been influenced by Coleman's setting, but it is in G rather than A.